Michael O’Leary weighs in on ATC issues in Ireland….

In stark contrast to the article I posted a couple of days ago about how much air traffic controllers in Spain make, check out this Irish Times article about some labor issues with the air traffic controllers there. The highlight has to be the quotes by Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s CEO:

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said that his airline was four-square behind the Irish Aviation Authority in the dispute and said that Mr Dempsey should should tell the air traffic controllers to “to go back to bloody work or sack them”.

“It is one of the few cases where a public sector employer has stood up to blackmail by a bunch of overpaid and underworked public servants,” he said.

The budget airline boss said “it’s blackmail by a bunch of people who want a 10,000 euro pay increase this year, when inflation is minus 5 and when they’re handling 25% fewer flights.”

“I would welcome more strikes, more airport closures now, because we’re better off to lance this boil in the third week of January,” he added.

Well, he’s certainly no politician. 😉

(Tip of the hat to Alan)

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